If and when a disaster occurs, it is not a simple matter of buying new PCs.

The challenge is to have the ability to continue operations — uninterrupted — at a secondary location. Without prior planning, this task is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do.

“The impact of not having a well designed asset management practice can devestate a company,” says Senior Vice President Ron Nabors of TANGRAM Enterprise Solutions. “IT is the single most integrated function in the enterprise; it touches every stakeholder.

“The loss of information alone is integral to any company in a competitive economic climate.”

For perhaps not-so-obvious reasons, most companies are close lipped about their security measures and disaster recovery plans. They fear that a malicious individual will single them out and strike in spite.

Marriott Hotel in New York City, for example, was able to recover time-critical on a server restored from backup to track what guests had checked in and out of the hotel before the World Trade Center casualties of September 11, 2001.

The hotel was able — and prepared — to assist others desperate for information in the midst of an enormous crisis by relying upon a Tangram technology. Using the Asset Insight program, Marriott was possible to construct an identical server and operating environment. Asset Insight software is designed to automatically capture hardware, software, usage, and configuration information for all network devices and store it in a central inventory. Another component is a financial inventory and of IT assets and procurement.

In a disaster, having this type of information at your fingertips can mean the difference between being fluid or frozen.

“The loss of information in a competitive economic climate can be devastating,” Nabors says.

So who cares? An article published by www.cioinsight.com reports that about two thirds of 250 companies with annual revenues of more than $20 million had disaster recovery in their budgets, but did not allocate any more than $500,000 per year. On the flip side, these same companies reported that their daily potential losses would be in $100,000!

Gartner’s perspective is that under-utilized and redundant assets must be eliminated before a company will see cost savings. The savings of up to 20 percent per asset can be obtained within nine months.

Better business decisions are priceless.